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Flash Is Dead—but Not Gone

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On January 12, just after 8:15 am local time, computers started to malfunction at the Dalian Train Operation Depot in northeast China. The dispatcher’s browsers weren’t loading train schedule details. Six hours later, dispatchers also lost the ability to print train data from the web app. According to the depot’s account on Weibo and WeChat, […]

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The FTC Cracks Down on Bot-Wielding Ticket Scalpers

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This week, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. To commemorate the outgoing Donald Trump’s four years in office, we took a look at the most absurd, bizarre, or outright dangerous things Trump has said about cybersecurity. (At least he’s not saying them on Facebook or Twitter anymore.) He’s […]

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Chrome and Edge Want to Help Solve Your Password Problems

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If you’re like lots of people, someone has probably nagged you to use a password manager and you still haven’t heeded the advice. Now, Chrome and Edge are coming to the rescue with beefed-up password management built directly into the browsers. Microsoft on Thursday announced a new password generator for the recently released Edge 88. […]

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Parler Finds a Reprieve in Russia—but Not a Solution

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In the wake of the Capitol riots two weeks ago, a number of large tech companies pulled support for Parler, a Twitter-like social network that Donald Trump’s supporters have increasingly favored since its launch in 2018. Apple and Google removed the Parler app from their digital stores, and Amazon Web Services cut the platform’s hosting […]

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The FBI Has Made Over 100 Arrests Related to the Capitol Riot

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In yet another week that felt like a month, the world continues to feel the reverberations of the seditious assault on the US Capitol building on January 6. After platforms like Twitter and Facebook booted Donald Trump last week, Amazon pulled support from far-right “free speech” platform Parler, knocking it offline for the foreseeable future. […]

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The SolarWinds Investigation Ramps Up

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It was an unprecedented and historic week in the United States as a mob of president Donald Trump’s supporters rioted on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and stormed the Capitol building, forcing Congress to evacuate and temporarily halting its symbolic certification of Joe Biden’s election as president. Digital archivists and others scrambled to preserve photos […]

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The Race to Preserve the DC Mob’s Digital Traces

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There is recent historical precedent that makes the importance of archiving this footage obvious. Back in 2017, Toler conducted a similar effort to catalog videos from the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. By his estimation, users deleted nearly half of the clips within a few days of the event. “I archived almost all […]

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The UK Denies Assange’s Extradition, Citing Suicide Risk

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Since Wikileaks began releasing massive troves of US military and State Department secrets more than 10 years ago, Julian Assange has maintained that the American government would eventually seek to put him in a US prison. In a surprise twist, he may escape that fate—not because his organization’s leaks are protected by free speech rights, […]

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Russia’s SolarWinds Hack Is a Historic Mess

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Normally we use this space to round up the biggest stories from all reaches of the cybersecurity world. This week, we’re making an exception, because there’s really only one story: how Russia pulled off the biggest espionage hack on record. Russia’s hack of IT management company SolarWinds began as far back as March, and it […]